A 24-year-old female asked:
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I had a pap smear this past Friday. Ive started to have a small amount of brown discharge starting Sunday and leading into Monday. Is this normal?

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Dr. John cuong Doan
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes this could be: a normal result of a procedure that harvested part of your cervix, as a Pap smear is designed to do. If this continues or worsens, then you should call the healthcare professional that performed the procedure to inquire about a followup consult for this problem. It should go away by itself in 1-2 days. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap.
Answered on Aug 1, 2018

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